Keep climbing up a small road surrounded by vineyards and lavender fields to find an unassuming 17th-century house with pretty blue shutters and a view-filled garden. You walk straight into the rustic kitchen – the hub of the house – full of character with painted beams, all you need for cooking and a well-lit dining table for eight. The kitchen opens into a large living room with squashy seating, a big fireplace, art on the walls and plenty of nick-nacks and artefacts from all over the world – this feels very much like staying in a friend’s house rather than a scrubbed-bare holiday home; one bedroom and bathroom are downstairs so will suit those challenged by stairs. Two bedrooms upstairs face south, one with a sloped ceiling faces west, all have stunning views, a very cosy feel and copious amounts of blankets. Sunny days will be spent outdoors in the garden with a summer kitchen, a water bassin in the shade of a lime tree and a tennis court for cooler evenings – racquets provided. Borrow bikes and explore the gorgeous upper Var, swim in sparkling lakes, eat in great restaurants. Or just stay here – it’s lovely.